A Reddit User Helped Police In Cracking A Hit And Run
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A Reddit User Helped Police In Cracking A Hit And Run Case

The Reddit user identified the vehicle from its broken part.

A Reddit User Helped Police In Cracking A Hit And Run Case

Again it is proven that technology could help us in doing something that we only could have imagined at one point in time. Earlier this month a Reddit user helped the cops with a hit and run case by identifying the vehicle’s broken part. On August 10, the Washington Police Department reported a hit and run case against an unknown person in an unidentified vehicle. The Suspect hit the bicycle and ran away, the images can be seen in damaged condition in the tweet. The police had nothing more than a broken part of the vehicle from the accident scene.

Johnna Batiste, a Washington State Patrol Trooper then tweeted the image of the bicycle and the vehicle part. The tweet reads ”Troopers and detectives are still looking for a black vehicle believed to be involved in this morning's tragic bicyclist fatality. If you know anything regarding this collision, please call the Washing State Patrol”. Then the image of the part was taken to the Subreddit, ‘Whatisthisthing.’ The subreddit is used to identify the plants, animals and other objects by the users.

In a response to the Reddit post, a user with name ‘JeffsNuts’ replied to the question and identified the vehicle part. The user who mentioned his occupation as the Maryland State Vehicle Inspector identified the part as the headlamp bezel of the 1988 Chevy Silverado. With the help provided information from Reddit user police was able to locate the vehicle and arrested the suspect. Last week, Batiste again tweeted,”WSP detectives made an arrest today for Thursday’s fatal bicyclist hit and run in Eatonville. Reddit users identify a photographed broken car part as a mid-1980s Chevy truck headlight assembly. Local anonymous tip confirms and led to the arrest of a driver of a 1986 Chevy K-10.”

However, this is not the first time when Reddit came out as a situation solving medium. In 2015, a Reddit user warned another user about the presence of carbon monoxide in his house.

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